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Politics Trump Claims ‘Legal Right’ to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases

17:25  14 february  2020
17:25  14 february  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Friday that he had the legal right to intervene in federal criminal cases , a day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly rebuked him for attacks on Justice Department prosecutors and others involved in the case of Roger J. Stone Jr

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WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Friday that he had the legal right to intervene in federal criminal cases, a day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly rebuked him for attacks on Justice Department prosecutors and others involved in the case of Roger J. Stone Jr., the president’s longtime friend.

Donald Trump et al. sitting at a table: President Trump called the Justice Department’s handling of the Roger Stone case “a disgrace.”© Doug Mills/The New York Times President Trump called the Justice Department’s handling of the Roger Stone case “a disgrace.”

In a morning tweet, Mr. Trump quoted Mr. Barr saying that the president “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” The president said he had “so far chosen” not to interfere in a criminal case even though he insisted that he is not legally bound to do so.

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Mr. Trump ’s criticisms “make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our He added, “It’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases .” People close to the president said they were caught off guard

Now, Mr. Trump ’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began. Career prosecutors had already examined many of the same cases and declined to bring charges, and in an echo of the Russia investigation, they fumed that Mr. Holder was revisiting the issue.

“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” he said.

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The assertion by the president, rejecting a request by Mr. Barr to stop tweeting about the department’s cases, adds to the mounting controversy over the decision by senior Justice Department officials to overrule prosecutors who had recommended a seven to nine year sentence for Mr. Stone, who was convicted of seven felonies in a bid to obstruct a congressional investigation that threatened the president.

That recommendation infuriated Mr. Trump, who called the department’s handling of the case “a disgrace” and later praised Mr. Barr after his top officials intervened to recommend a lighter sentence for Mr. Stone. The four prosecutors who were overruled resigned from the case in protest; one quit the department entirely.

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The Justice Department had little reason otherwise to unseal the complaint; Ms. Khusyaynova lives in Russia, which does not have to “The American people have a right to know if foreign governments are targeting them with propaganda.” Mr. Trump , who has been widely criticized for his reluctance to

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Mr. Trump has questioned findings by national security officials that Russia interfered in the election, and he has attacked Justice Department employees who he believes have been working against him from within the bureaucracy.

Seeking to calm the upheaval in his department, Mr. Barr on Thursday issued a pointed denunciation of Mr. Trump’s tweets, which included criticism of the federal judge overseeing the Stone case and even the jury forewoman. Mr. Barr said the commentary from the president made it “impossible for me to do my job” and insisted that “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”

“I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” said Mr. Barr, who has been one of Mr. Trump’s closest and most reliable allies since taking over at the Justice Department.

Past presidents in both parties have respected long standing traditions that are aimed at preventing political influence from the White House on Justice Department investigations, especially criminal inquiries that involved administration officials or friends of the president. The rules have been in place since the Watergate investigation, in which former President Richard Nixon sought to pressure the F.B.I.

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When asked about his interference in Roger Stone's sentencing, Trump claimed he has the right to tell the DOJ what to do. Trump said, “No. I didn’t speak to the Justice , but I have the absolute right to do it if I want. I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn’t believe, but I didn’t speak to them.

The New Civil Rights Movement. Justice Dept . The U.S. Dept . of Justice has just charged a Russian national with multiple counts related to interfering with the 2018 Khusyaynova works for the Russian-based firm that special counsel Robert Mueller previously indicted for interfering in the 2016

Mr. Trump has repeatedly ignored those traditions, making contact with F.B.I. officials and communicating with top Justice Department officials through Twitter and in person. His claim in Friday’s tweet that he has “so far chosen” not to interfere in criminal cases is contradicted by a record of his actions during the his three years in office.

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russian election interference inquiry, documented numerous instances in which the president sought to obstruct justice as federal investigators examined the activities of Mr. Trump’s White House advisers and former campaign aides. In his final report, Mr. Mueller said that Justice Department rules did not allow sitting presidents to be indicted.

George H.W. Bush's Deputy AG Says Bill Barr is 'Un-American' .
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called Barr's involvement in cases against Roger Stone and Michael Flynn only the "tip of the iceberg.""The reason I say he's un-American...is that the central tenet of our legal system and our justice system is that no person is above the law," Ayer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday. "Bill Barr's vision is that there is one man—one person—who needs to be above the law, and that is the president.

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